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How to become a Business Analyst?

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[OP]
Newbie
Sep 9, 2009
40 posts

How to become a Business Analyst?

Hi folks,

I need some career advices on how to become a BA from a Software Developer.

A little bit background about myself: I am currently working as Software Developer co-op in IBM (finishing 16 months co-op by end of April, 2011). My major is Information Technology(stream in Health Industry). I am highly interested in becoming a Business Analyst/Consultant/Project Management role as my future career goal(next 5 years).

There is a certificate in Business Analysis offered by U of T which can be done in a couple of months OR Masters Certificate in Business Analysis which cost 10k to do it.

Is a certificate good starting point for becoming a BA?

Thanks all.
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Deal Addict
Mar 24, 2005
1361 posts
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Getting certification is always a good starting point. But you're also going to need business knowledge. Figure out which industry you want to go into and get educated/experienced/trained in that field.
Member
Feb 4, 2006
236 posts
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Victoria, BC
What industry are you looking at? Project management is more general and I believe there is a certification available for that route.
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[OP]
Newbie
Sep 9, 2009
40 posts
I am assuming you are still talking about IT Business Analyst, I am interested in banking, financial, insurance, health industry.

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